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West African Mythology - Windows to the Universe

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West African Mythology

Visit the links to learn about the myths of West Africa related to objects in the sky, and aspects of their world.

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<a href="/php/tour_test_sqli.php?page=/mythology/shango_storm.html">Shango</a> was the forth king of the ancient Oyo Empire, the West African center of culture and politics for the Yoruba people.After his death, he became known as the god of <a href="/php/tour_test_sqli.php?page=/earth/Atmosphere/tstorm/tstorm_lightning.html">thunder and lightning</a>. In artwork, such as this wood carving, he is often depicted with a double ax on his head, the symbol of a thunderbolt, or he is depicted as a fierce ram.<p><small><em>Image Courtesy of the Hamill Gallery of African Art, Boston, MA</em></small></p>

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